Rugged Men’s Shirt Jackets to Layer Over Anything

We’re in the mood for plaid.

Happy guy lounging in a hammock
Effortless, rugged and comfortable in plaid.Pexels/Andrea Piacquadio

With a classically masculine silhouette, men’s shirt jackets are a wardrobe staple. Read on for our picks.

Legendary Whitetails Men's Journeyman Flannel Lined Rugged Shirt Jacket
A rugged cotton outer layer, warm inner layer and special design elements like brass snaps make this a true classic.Legendary Whitetails

If you’re planning on layering your shirt jacket over other bulky items like sweatshirts or flannels, be sure to check whether the jacket you’re interested in has a relaxed fit. If not, you may want to size up.

Wrangler Authentics Men’s Long Sleeve Quilted Lined Flannel Shirt Jacket with Hood
Warm layering piece with a relaxed fit and six plaids to choose from.Wrangler

Most shirt jackets don’t have simple collars like your average button down. But if you live in a drizzly climate, you may want to opt for one with a hood—just flip it up when things get misty.

Billy Reid Men's Standard Fit Wool Cashmere Mo Shirt Jacket
Made from the highest quality material, this overpiece boasts real horn buttons and a leather under collar.Billy Reid

Most shirt jackets are made from rugged cotton/polyester blends and flannel (flannel linings are especially common, because they’re so soft and warm). But higher-end jackets may be crafted from wool—the warmest and most durable fabric for a jacket this style. A wool piece won’t just look sharp, it’ll last forever with proper care.